Monkey Kung Fu

Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink
Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink
Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink
Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink



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Methods to increase range of motion, height and fluidity for a variety of kicking angles, and how to make stances lower and easier to hold and transitions from stance to stance smoother.

Running time 1:47


Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink
Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink


Learn how to roll with the punches! This will include ways to enhance agility and efficiency for ground rolling in all directions and for gracefully and quickly getting back on your feet.

Running time 1:14


Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink
Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink


Drills for strikes, circular chops, and punches, plus exercises for torso rotation, wrist flexibility, and relaxing the neck and shoulder muscles.

Running time 1:53


Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink
Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink


Improving flexibility reduces the potential for pulling muscles during workouts and sparing. We will also cover conditioning exercises for tempering the bones and strengthening the joints.

Running time 1:49


Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink
Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink
Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink


Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink
Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink
Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink


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Monkey Kung Fu Master Paulie Zink is an animal. Based on how he can move, he’s the embodiment of all sorts of animals and creatures. He can put himself into any animal posture he wants with uncanny flexibility, mobility, and strength. Most importantly, he can show you how to do the same regardless of what you’ve been told about limiting bone structures and other tall tales. As a result of training with him, your life, your health, and your fitness will dramatically improve.
I’ve been following Paulie Zink and his Monkey Kung Fu for years but after meeting him in person I was astounded, not only by his mastery, but by his incredible teaching ability. He can show you how to get to the next level in your journey, starting you at your current level, with simple postures and movements that will undoubtedly take you to peaks you may have previously thought impossible.


Matt Furey,  Author of Combat Conditioning
Winner of the 1985 NCAA II National Wrestling title (167-pounds)
Gold medal (90kg) 1997 Shuai-Chiao Kung fu World Championships

America’s “Monkey King”

Monkey Kung fu Master Paulie Zink

Yin Yoga Founder Paulie Zink
Paulie Zink’s Honors

Hall of Fame
Kung Fu Artist of the Year, 1989
Black Belt

Hall of Fame
Lifetime Achievement Award, 1987
Martial Arts Magazine

Hall of Fame
Competitor of the Year, 1983
Inside Kung Fu Magazine

Long Beach International Karate Championships, CA
(Non Combative Divisions)
Grand Champion Empty Hands
1981, 1982
Grand Champion Weapons
1981, 1982, 1983

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Paulie Zink starred in two separate series of Monkey Kung fu and yoga training videos produced by Panther Productions (8 titles, 1986-1992) and Unique Publications (7 titles, 2002)

Paulie Zink has been featured in numerous articles published in the major martial arts magazines from 1982 through the 1990’s.

Paulie has co-authored two books on Monkey Kung fu:

Monkey Kung Fu
By Paulie Zink & Michael Ganzalez
Unique Publications, 1986

The History of Monkey Kung Fu
By Paulie Zink & Michael Matsuda

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Monkey Kung Fu


The northern Chinese Taoist style of Monkey Kung Fu integrates three distinct kung fu arts: Monkey (Tai Shing), Pek Kwar, and Tei Tong. Tai Shing translates to “Great Sage,” a title associated with the mythical and mischievous Monkey King from the Chinese Buddhist epic legend Journey to the West.  Pek Kwar roughly translates to “chopping hand” or “ax hand, Tei Tong translates to “Grand Earth.”


Pek Kwar, a style developed by the kung fu master Ma Chi Ho, has an intriguing origin. Inspired by a cryptic remark from a passing Taoist priest who said, “Metal may conquer wood, but the spirit is stronger,” Master Ma Chi Ho embarked on a journey of self-discovery. He taught himself to channel chi through his arms and legs, creating a protective aura by infusing his limbs with energy. His approach involved mastering swinging and chopping motions, reminiscent of handling an ax. Pek Kwar seamlessly blends circular and linear movements for strikes and blocks, and it demands flexibility for executing high kicks.

Master Ma Chi Ho’s protégé was Ken Ming Kwai, who transmitted the art to his son, Ken Yung Kwai, who in turn transmitted the art to his son, Ken Tak Hoi.


The Taoist Monkey Kung Fu style took shape in the early twentieth century, credited to the expertise of Tei Tong kung fu master Kou Sze. Tei Tong Kung Fu, emphasizing ground rolling techniques and strikes from low positions, served as the foundation for this unique martial art. Renowned for his formidable skills, Master Kou Sze found himself sentenced to eight years of solitary confinement after eliminating an evil presence in his village.

From the vantage point of his prison cell window, Master Kou Sze observed a troupe of monkeys. Over the years, he dedicated himself to closely studying their movements and behaviors. He created an entire kung fu system by intricately weaving together the physical, mental, and energetic traits of monkeys. The result was the emergence of five distinct monkey styles within the art of Monkey Kung Fu: the Tall Monkey, the Stone Monkey, the Lost Monkey, the Wooden Monkey, and the Drunken Monkey. Each style serves as an embodiment of a unique monkey personality type, expressed through distinct forms of movement. 

Master Kou Sze was friends with Pek Kwar master Ken Ming Kwai. The Ken family operated a successful bodyguard service in China. After Master Kou Sze was released from prison, Ken Ming Kwai sent his grandson Ken Tak Hoi to study with him. Ken Tak Hoi served as a bodyguard in the royal palace at a young age, and he soon opened a bodyguard service.

Ken Tak Hoi became the protégé of Master Kou Sze and studied with him for ten years. Ken Tak Hoi was a master swordsman as well as a great chi kung master. He combined the three arts of Pek Kwar, Tei Tong, and Monkey Kung Fu, along with Taoist chi kung and flexibility training into a single system simply referred to in the West as Monkey Kung Fu.


After the Chinese Revolution, Master Ken Tak Hoi moved to Hong Kong and opened a Monkey Kung Fu school with his protégé Cho Chi Fung, who later passed the art of Monkey Kung Fu to his nephew Cho Chat Ling. When Grandmaster Ken Tak Hoi died, one of his senior students, Chan Sau Chung, became director of the school. Under Master Chan’s leadership, the school produced many famous champion kung fu fighters.

Cho Chat Ling’s journey took him to the U.S. in the late 1970s, where fate intertwined him with Paulie Zink. As a result of this fortuitous encounter, Zink became his sole protégé, inheriting a rich legacy that spans a diverse array of empty hand and weapons forms. From broad and straight swords to staffs, spears, knives, and beyond, Paulie Zink became the steward of a comprehensive martial arts heritage.

The art of Monkey Kung Fu draws upon the primal spirit of our animal nature and the extraordinary power of the human mind, forging a legacy that transcends borders and time. This indelible mark on the global landscape of martial arts is a testament to the enduring influence and innate wisdom encapsulated within the rich and diverse system of Monkey Kung Fu.

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“This was possible because of Paulie”

The following is a testimonial by Paulie’s student Brian Monnier, Martial Artist, Yoga and Fitness Trainer,
owner of school in San Francisco:

I started teaching yoga after sustaining injuries in martial arts. I have been a yoga teacher and fitness instructor for 20 years and I can safely say that Paulie’s influence and his teachings have completely transformed my body.

I have been a martial artist now for 30 years. Since I started at 17, I have known about Paulie, his Monkey Kung fu and Yin yoga, and had always wanted to learn from him.

My martial arts practice has been completely changed after working with Paulie over the last year and a half in his monthly Zoom yoga classes. And the change in my body has been considerable.

Even though I have been a fitness instructor and yoga teacher for two decades, the influence of what he teaches and how it has affected my body so that I can move freely within my martial arts is just simply amazing.

Everything Paulie teaches can be broken down or elevated in a way that makes whatever movement you want to do completely possible.

Everything that Paulie has taught me made it possible for me to do this Kung fu demonstration form at peak performance, at 49 years of age, and not mess myself up.

It’s been ten years since I’ve done a public demo and not only was I able to perform with more power and speed, but I was able to NOT get those tweaks that happen during athletics which often leave you debilitated for weeks.

I cannot express enough how much of a difference Paulie ‘s work can make in your body. He is kind, knowledgeable and the things he can do not only with his own body, but lead you to do with your own body, is simply impressive.

Master Zink is a rare example of a teacher who is able to provide for all levels experience in his classes- from beginner to advanced, he can meet you at the level YOU are at.

And the stuff that this guy can do with his body….

Seriously, I’m always left with “How does he do it??”

Spend some time with him. And everything in your practice and life will change.